Monday, January 16, 2012

Jan. 16 replies to Mom's letters

Taggart reply to below paragraph...
the welcome to zimbabwe sign was right next to a reservoir which is a primary source of power for Zim. There aren't too many areas like that, but near a big important thing like a power source, there were.

On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM, Domonique Williams wrote...
I just got to put the photos up from last week on the blog and show them to Aren and Athen.  They loved the zebra, but are very sure it was a baby (little) zebra and wanted to know where it's mom was.  On one picture you were showing a chameleon, and in the background was a railroad.  Aren said "you need to fix it".  and then he said "no, I need to fix it, let's go there" Also, in your welcome to Zimbabwe sign there was another sign behind saying that it was a restricted area keep out.  Are there many areas like that in the country?  Places that are not open to public, are they owned by the gov't. or by private citizens? Are you able to go anywhere or are there "parks" that are only for the wildlife too?

Love you, Elder Williams
On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM, Domonique Williams  wrote:
do you use your sandals much?   I read some elders are loving having them.  Also do you need a raincoat?  Can you buy one?
Taggart wrote...
I don't have a raincoat, I have a snow coat. Elder Hayes has a thin/light but very effective rain trench coat from Cabelas. If you found one of those and accidentally sent it to me, I wouldn't mind. I don't use my sandals in the area, because (as you know I am bad at reading instructions sometimes. . .) they are open toed, and the rule is closed toe. But all is well, as both my proselyting pairs of shoes are waterproof. However, when they have a 'good' missionary shoe, they never thought of Zim, so I am going to try and find a good pair of ecco's here (a very good sturdy shoe with a strong sole). They are european make, so Elder Hayes says they may have some here. I will let you know if they don't. I had one pair of shoes have the sole come apart. They have been repaired, but I don't know how well they will be. My other pair apparently has a somewhat foam sole, and holds up nice. The sole will probably be worn down almost 100% on the insides withing another few months. I am not sure why dad, as strict as he is with buying nice looking clothes that work, allowed me to get foam soled shoes, but w/e.

 Dear Taggart,
I am loving you...
Today we learned about the plan of salvation in Sunbeams.  I enjoyed it, but my favorite part was when we showed all of the planets and that God created them when we were with him in Pre earth life.  The children were inthralled seeing all of the things He made.  We had ward conference today and our choir did the prelude music and a number in the service also.  We did really well singing, I know that my redeemer lives.  I had Aren and Mackenzie go home after Sacrament as usually conference is long in primary and he isn't good at sitting yet and Mackenzie has been staying up late training this week for her new job at Culvers, a fast food place that Bishop Ward is starting.  We loved going there on Saturday as a family and eating the food for free, it was for them to practice.  Tomorrow is Martin Luther King day and the young ones have a dentist appt.  Aren has been given an old broken airsoft pistol from Collin and is now in love with guns and is trying to work himself into a frenzy in bed because he doesn't have it in bed.  Yesterday he fell asleep with it cradled in his arms like a baby.  It really was cute, but he gets in trouble a lot because he forgets to no shoot it at people.  Tonight I visited a few blogs of other missionaries in your area.  An E. Finn and an E. Haltom. E. Hayes' mother has not posted new ones on her lds blog yet.   They both had some interesting photos.  He is an area called the Blues?  What does that mean?  I also saw something that said bulawayo area, maybe it is short for that? I also saw that he had a rat on his plate as part of the entree!  yuk, I think it was for real. I think I am allergic to rat for anything.
Love you...
 We sent two packages for you trying to keep them small and inconspicuous,  We sent you some peppermint tea and another one, I think for allergies. and also some q-tips and something else.  I hope they get to you.  Oh yea, of course candy too.  : ) As a family right now we are reading Killing Lincoln, It is a book on all of the true events and people leading up to Lincoln's death. We have your cousin Jessup here with us this weekend and he really is a great kid.  I was sad I missed you on line last time and though I don't know what to say, if I get you tonight I will try and have a quick conversation with you.  would you mind sharing your experiences with conversions and such?  YOu might not think they are very much, but to me they are beautiful.  Every detail makes a story better, don't assume we already know. I think your writing will make it very real for us.  My mom doesn't like to write, because she says she has nothing to talk about, because her life is boring.  I hope she writes you soon.  She wrote me about 4 times while I was in college and I was the one to call home, so don't take it personal if she doesn't do it.
 Still no snow in the west and midwest and people are getting worried.  We might get some this week,but can't tell for sure yet.  I remember when I read once that keeping the Sabbath was directly related to wether we have droughts or not.
love you..
 Have you heard of the Khami Ruins in Zim? I am going to look them up tonight and see what they are.  I know that there really are some old, even religious ruins in the  Africa countries.  I have always been interested in them. You never told me if you had heard about the tribes in Zim that are known to come from the Jewish people.  have you? Kenz is playing a very romantic era piece right now and I always get carried away in my mind.  I can see myself under a large tree in the summer and just listening and reading as I enjoy the world around me.
This week I am hoping to finally get to use my new snoeshoes for my hiking group in the mountains!  Hooray!  bishop Ward is very interested in how our family is.  He said that he is impressed with Mackenzie and you and how we all have to have jobs at 16.  I am lucky to hear feedback sometimes on how people admire us.  Sometimes I have to do what I feel is best and feel somewhat as an outcast because we were so different in this family.  but the truth is I would never have done it any other way except even more of the same and better.  I loved receiving mail from you.  Are you going to mail the family art to us that you sent photos of?  We can put $ in your acct if you would like to do that.  It might make it so you don't have to carry extra.  Other missionaries do this.
Love you..
 I am hoping that you are happy, healthy and wise.  and oh yeah, I am Loving You.


ps.  not a very spiritual note, but The Hobbit comes out in the winter of this year and the previews look great!

Taggart wrote...
Blues is short for bulawayo.
Aren with a gun is hilarious!
For packages, I have heard and been told that it works to put Jesus pictures on it, so it looks like religious materials. I guess that a picture of Jesus reminds them not to steal a little =P
Thanks for sending the packages, I will let you know when I get them
I haven't heard of those ruins or anything else like them, nor have I heard anything about the Jews.
As for the packages, I haven't yet bought your statues (animal statues that is) but if you want me to send the family one, I will try to find it's weight and let you know how much it would be to send it. It is $15 per kg, so I will let you decide. My present plan is to just get what I need, because I have room in my suitcases, and when I am planning to leave for home, I will likely leave almost all of my proselyting gear here for members to have, and use my suitcases largely for taking home souvenirs and such. If you and dad end up picking me up and doing some sight seeing, there will be even more room for them =P.
Also, as I said in a previous email, I am getting my scriptures and hymn book covered, and can have a set done for anyone of you who wants one. Maximum price I would estimate for a quad is $140 (that includes cost of the Quad combo itself, shipping, and the skins/covering if they are the nicest like mine. ex. Full snake/croc = $60 where Elephant = $20) I can also have hymn books or small boms or whatever covered. Hymn books and BoM's are about $10 to cover, and weigh very little, so they would be very cheap. Point is, If you want me to have anything like that done, or even wallets and scripture cases, I can get it done. Prices are reasonable, and they finished product is NICE and COOL!

love you tons!
~Elder Williams

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